All season long, the Yakima Valley Pippins had found ways to win games that were seemingly out of reach. Take, for instance, July 2, when the Pippins trailed by the Kelowna Falcons by three runs entering the bottom of the ninth inning before walking off on a Mitch Ellis walk-off double. Or take July 11 against Victoria, when the Pippins ripped off 11 unanswered runs from the second inning on after trailing 6-1. Or, for a more recent example, take August 5, against the Corvallis Knights, when the Pippins were down to their final out until Steve Sordahl ripped a go-ahead double into to keep the Pippins’ season alive and earn them a playoff berth. The Pippins had shown so much resiliency that when the team found themselves down by a run in the top of the ninth inning of Thursday’s winner-take-all game three of their West Coast League South Divisional Playoff Series, one could very reasonable expect that the Pippins would come through again. Unfortunately, the Knights bullpen had other plans, as they set down the final seven Pippins batters in order to give Corvallis a 3-2 victory to advance to the WCL Championship Series, while the Pippins’ season came to an abrupt end.